President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Professor Godswill Obioma as the new Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the National Examinations Council (NECO). The appointment which is for an initial tenure of five years, takes effect from 14th May, 2020.
Prof. Obioma, who was Ebonyi State Resident Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), replaced Professor Charles Uwakwe, who, until his sack last Friday by the president, was on suspension running into two years.
Azeez Sani, Head, Information and Public Relations Division of NECO, in a statement said President Buhari’s decision was conveyed in a letter dated 15th May, 2020 and signed by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu.
Obioma, a professor of Education Measurement and Evaluation, was born on 12th December 1953 and hail from Bende Local Government Area of Abia State.
He was a former Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Educational Research and Development Council and has held other key positions in the education sector, among which are: Director, Monitoring, Research and Statistics, National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB); Director Monitoring and Evaluation Universal Basic Education Programme; Director Monitoring and Evaluation National Primary Education Commission and Head, Department of Science, Mathematics and Technology, University of Jos.
He formally took over the affairs of the Council from the former Acting Registrar, Mallam Abubakar Gana at the Council’s Headquarters in Minna on Friday, 22nd May, 2020.